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Everything is Negotiable, including Personal Guarantees

As many entrepreneurs and small business owners know, banks, landlords and investors will often require a personal guarantee. A personal guarantee allows the lender to reach your personal assets to satisfy a debt in the event...more

Client Alert: New Safe Harbors for Management Contracts of Tax-Exempt Financed Facilities

The Internal Revenue Service on August 22, 2016 released Revenue Procedure 2016-44 which revises the safe harbor guidelines for management contracts of service providers for tax-exempt financed facilities, under which the...more

Putting a Premium on Illiquidity: Some Reflections on the SEC’s Scrutiny of Valuation Practices and Disclosures

Valuation is typically near the top of the list when the SEC’s enforcement division and exam staff disclose their priority topics for private funds.  We expect that trend to continue and, if anything, the focus on valuation...more

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update - August 2016

Regulation - Next on the SEC’s Regulatory Agenda: A Chief Valuation Officer? - First, the SEC required funds to designate a chief compliance officer. Then, the SEC proposed that funds designate a liquidity...more

Practice Pointers on Non-GAAP Financial Measures

On June 27, 2016, Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) Chair Mary Jo White, speaking at the International Corporate Governance Network’s Annual Conference in San Francisco, reiterated the SEC’s growing concern regarding...more

The Financial Report, Volume 5, Number 15 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis - I’ve been glued to my TV and my computer watching the “Games of the Thirty-First Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro.” Although the coverage, of course, focuses substantially on US athletes, NBC and...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 17 [Video]

In this episode, Jay Rosen and I discuss the following: Show Notes for Week ending August 12 -SEC In-House ALJ Program Upheld. Compliance Building and Second Circuit Court of Appeals opinion. -Abbott, sales pressure and...more

The Role of BDCs in the Middle Market

Business development companies (“BDCs”) provide an important and growing alternative source of capital to small and middle market companies that may not otherwise have access to bank financing....more

FFIEC Suggests Changes to Call Report for Small Institutions

The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) on Friday announced that it will accept public comment on proposed revisions to the existing Consolidated Reports of Condition and Income (FFIEC 041) that would...more

Brexit and Equivalence: Review of the Financial Services Framework Across All Sectors

Since the UK voted to leave the EU on 23 June 2016, there has been much speculation about the form of the future access arrangements between the UK and the EU for financial institutions. In a scenario where no new deal is...more

Judge Chapman Flips the Script

US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of NY Grants Noteholders’ Motion to Dismiss Based on Lehman’s Failure to State Claim With Respect to Flip-Clause Litigation - On June 28, 2016, in what essentially was a...more

FINRA Announces Sweep of Broker-Dealers that Sell Non-Traded BDCs

In a notice published on its website on August 4, 2016, FINRA announced that it is conducting an inquiry with respect to non-traded business development companies (BDCs). FINRA asked that the member broker-dealers send the...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 272 Miller & Chevalier 2016 Latin America Survey [Video]

In this episode, I visit with Matt Ellis, a partner at Miller & Chevalier on the firm's 2016 Latin America Survey around corruption, compliance and enforcement in Latin America. ...more

Case Note: The Underfunded Union Pension Plan and Asset Purchase Agreements

In a decision handed down by the Seventh Circuit on June 24, 2016, the court warned that a lack of familiarity with the concept of withdrawal liability cannot be used by a buyer of business assets as an excuse to avoid...more

The Financial Report, Volume 5, Number 14

Discussion and Analysis - As an increasing number of investment management firms experience financial distress, we often are asked whether there are any minimum capital requirements imposed on investment advisers....more

CFTC Proposed Registration Relief for Non-U.S. Futures Commission Merchants, Commodity Pool Operators, Commodity Trading Advisors...

On July 27, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) proposed amendments to its rules (“Proposed Rules”) that loosen the conditions for exemption from registration as a futures commission merchant (“FCM”),...more

China Plans to Further Open Domestic Private Securities Investment Fund Management Business to Foreign-Owned Manager

On June 30, 2016, the Asset Management Association of China (“AMAC”) released the Q&A Regarding Registration and Filing of Private Funds (No. 10) (“Q&A No. 10”), which confirmed that both wholly foreign-owned and...more

Section 12(d)(1) and Business Development Companies

Business development companies (BDCs), which provide a growing and important alternative source of capital to smaller companies, face challenges raising money due to a quirk in the federal securities laws that limits how much...more

Singapore to Become International Centre for Debt Restructuring

Singapore to Become International Centre for Debt Restructuring August 04, 2016 Singapore is set to adopt the recommendations of the Committee to Strengthen Singapore as an International Centre for Debt Restructuring....more

SEC Proposes Changing Smaller Reporting Company Definition and Streamlining Disclosure Requirements

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently released two separate proposals, one that aims to expand “smaller reporting company” eligibility and another that is designed to streamline disclosure requirements....more

SEC Proposes Business Continuity and Transition Plan Requirements for Investment Advisers; Staff Issues Guidance for Registered...

On June 28, 2016, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed new Rule 206(4)-4 (Proposed Rule) under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended (Advisers Act) and also proposed amendments to certain...more

Russian Companies: Know Your UBOs

All Russian legal entities must obtain information on their ultimate beneficial owners. Russia has recently amended its anti-money laundering law to require that any legal entity, whether private or public (with limited...more

SEC Approves Nasdaq’s Proposed Rule on Third Party Payments to Directors and Director Nominees – The “Golden Leash” Disclosure

On July 1, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) approved, on an accelerated basis, proposed amendments to the listing rules of The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC (“Nasdaq”) to require Nasdaq-listed companies to...more

SEC Revises C&DI on Selling Securityholder Disclosure

On July 26, 2016, the SEC revised Question 140.02 of its Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (“C&DIs”) on Regulation S-K, pertaining to selling securityholder disclosure. Revised Question 140.02 states that a...more

Understanding the basics of European Marketplace Lending

One of the most significant changes in the European finance market over the last year has been the advance of new market entrants in the form of direct lending and marketplace lending platforms. The size and sophistication of...more

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